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Posted: 04/04/2014

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts

Established in 1931 and dedicated to collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting works of art for the people of Washington County and citizens from the four-state region, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts (WCMFA) has been recognized as one of the finest small museums in the United States. The mission is implemented through the development, interpretation and care of art collections; creation of original and educational exhibitions; and presentation of interpretive lectures, concerts, films, studio art courses, art historical lectures, and other programs to ensure that visitors gain a better appreciation and understanding of the fine arts. The WCMFA is housed in an architecturally significant building designed by Hyde and Shepherd (1930, 1949); J. C. Burrey (1994); and Murphy and Dittenhafer (2011). The opportunity for the public to encounter significant works of art in a beautiful setting, in safety and security are important values of WCMFA. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM—formerly American Association of Museums) since 1976, admission to the Museum is free and its collection includes over 7,000 works of art. WCMFA has an enduring commitment to arts education and to the support of regional artists. The Museum actively collects works of art in the fields of American Art, international collections in keeping with the tastes of the founders, Anna (Brugh) and William Singer, Jr., world cultures, and art of the region. The museum recently commemorated its 80th year of service to the region. The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts is funded through support from museum membership and annual fund donations by the public (19%), grants (6%), fundraising events and sponsorships from the business and corporate communities (30%), allocations from Washington County (13%), the City of Hagerstown (4%) and grant support from the Maryland State Arts Council (6%). Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Telephone: (301) 739-5727; Website: www.wcmfa.org.

Collections & Exhibition Manager
Professional Opportunity
Hagerstown, MD


The Collections and Exhibitions Manager for the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts (WCMFA) is responsible for all aspects of care and management of the Museums nationally recognized art collection of some 7,000 works of art, as well as incoming and outgoing exhibitions. Key work relationships will be with the director and the museum educator, the development director, marketing director, and administrative officer.




The WCMFA seeks a full-time Collections and Exhibitions Manager to manage an active exhibition schedule of approximately twelve rotating exhibitions, including two juried exhibitions, annually as well as permanent installations; manage the museums permanent collection, database, and records; ensure compliance with WCMFA policies and AAM best practices of stewardship, accessioning, and deaccessioning; provide oversight of outgoing and incoming loans; as well as perform other duties as assigned.  




Collections Management:


  • Responsible for the overall care of the collection, including proper handling, storage, and display of all objects in the collection and loans

  • Maintain collections database and records

  • Maintain collections and exhibitions related policies  

  • Research offered gifts and compile and present reports to Collections and Exhibitions Committee

  • A complete collections inventory funded through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) will be completed in August 2014. 


Exhibitions Management:


  • Assist in the planning and mange the implementation of all exhibitions, including, but not limited to, , designing exhibition layouts; determining exhibition hardware and case needs; creating, formatting, and mounting labels; and installing exhibitions

  • Manage exhibition loans

  • Organize two juried exhibitions annually  


Rights & Reproductions:


  • Oversee image and reproduction requests for collections objects 


Supervisory Responsibilities:


  • Supervise curatorial intern(s)

  • Supervise curatorial volunteer(s) 


Other Duties, including, but not limited to:


  • Respond to curatorial inquiries

  • Work collaboratively with other museum staff on website, social media, and other public outreach

OPen until
Until Filled

How to apply
List the following in the subject line of your email: Tracking #1 Collections & Exhibitions Manager and send to: rmlane@wcmfa.org
Rebecca Massie Lane
Phone: 301-739-5727
Fax: 301-745-3741
401 Museum Drive
Hagerstown, MD 21740

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